Away Day – Bath Society of Artists – starts 23/01

:: Don’t miss the private view:: 5.30 – 8pm, Thursday 23rd January ::

:: Join us at Cook Street, Liverpool for our latest exhibition, artists from the Society will be here to discuss their work during the private view, which promises to be a diverse and engaging evening for all ::

 

Block, Plate, Stone or Screen

 

In a world where technology has made the copy commonplace, it’s all too easy to lose sight of the work that goes into creating the humble print.

 

Each one individual, handmade, separately addressed, caressed; each birth eagerly anticipated – delighting, exciting, accepted, rejected, frustrating, elating, enervating. Trial and error, signed, approved, let free into the world. Chance all part of the process, all part of the game. A record of repeated attempts at perfection, of capturing the intention, the genie in the bottle, the truth behind the glass. And then the plate is destroyed…

But the plate is not the art; the process is the art, of which the matrix is the starting point, a place to which the artist can always return, knowing the outcome will be different each time: a multiplicity of futures, determined by chance and skill. Accommodating imperfections – individual incidents, moments in time.

So what better way to bring in 2020 than to welcome the printmakers of Bath Society of Artists to Liverpool? The society, whose current president is David Inshaw, was founded in 1904 and its membership numbers around 120.

Away Day – the brainchild of author and linocut devotee Peter Davies – illustrates the breadth and quality of their endeavours. Be it relief, intaglio, stencil, planographic or digital techniques that achieve the printmaker’s art of transferring ink to paper, the subject matter is as diverse as the artists’ careers and interests: every print an original, just like their originators.

Printmaking walks the line between tradition and innovation. Its history reveals how technical innovations stretch the medium and harness its particular eccentricities in service of direct, economic communication. This testing of limitations is so often an act of collaboration where desire meets know how: a team game, much like this show.

So you be the judge, come see the work, admire the deftness of line and subtlety of colours, and you can maybe take home a little part of an artist’s travails: the questions and anxieties, the choices, the acuity of spirit.

Slow art in a fast world.
Colin Simpson, 2019

Is a Merseyside based curator currently researching a PhD on Post War Merseyside Exhibition Making at LJMU.

Rita Smith – New York at Dusk – Etching, 18 x 15cm

Peter Davies – Liverpool Suite Wall of Sound – Linocut 29.7 x 42 cm